Ealing Council saves 36% on water and wins award with AquaFund

Ealing CouncilEaling Council is the third largest in London, with many buildings and sites spread over a wide area, including office buildings, sports centres, swimming pools, parks and street cleaning depots amongst many more.

Like many local authorities, Ealing needs to make significant reductions in its budget and has been tasked with total savings of £85 million over a 4 year period. The Sustainability Team at Ealing knew the opportunity existed to make financial savings and reduce their CO2 by using less water across the Borough. They wanted to work with a water efficiency specialist, well versed in the challenges that face a local authority, to help evaluate the potential for saving water and to implement a comprehensive water efficiency plan.

Ealing Council

Ealing Council chose ADSM, water advisers to the government and providers of the multi-million pound AquaFund Grant, which funds all the resources and expertise needed to reduce organisations water consumption – including; the full grant, consultancy services, site audits and state-of-the-art water saving technologies, together with water data and tariff analysis, bill validation services and on-going monitoring.

Although Ealing and ADSM are only in year 3 of the 5 year project, the success of the partnership has been reflected by a win at the 2014 Water Efficiency Awards – a prestigious awards scheme which recognises exceptional water efficiency achievements.

“Water’s a precious resource and this is an opportunity for the Council to both reduce the amount of water it uses as well as save money. I’m delighted that is also means that by taking on this project, we are also supporting WaterAid and helping to bring life-saving fresh water and sanitation to those who vitally need it.”

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, Cabinet Minister for Transport and the Environment, Ealing Council

Keeping water losses in check

Along with all the resources above, submeters and Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) equipment were installed across the Council estate to ensure a true picture of water usage, capturing detailed water data every 15 minutes individually across multiple sites and buildings. Through the installation of AMR, onsite surveys and consumption analysis, several existing large water leaks were identified in two of the Council’s cemeteries. The Head of Ealing’s Parks Department congratulated AquaFund for identifying and swiftly fixing the leaks, saving a considerable amount of money which was being wasted, possibly for years.

Year on year savings 


Cubic meters saved


CO2e saved


AquaFund donates one percent of all its revenue directly to WaterAid, improving access to safe water hygiene and sanitation in the world’s poorest communities

Water Efficiency Awards 2014Ealing Council and ADSM won recognition at the 2014 Water Efficiency Awards. The judges commended them for the outstanding savings in both water and costs that they have already realised in just the first year of the AquaFund programme.


Download case study PDF

Back to case study archive